Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Alia Malek

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Cockeysville, MD
MacDowell Fellowships: 2015

Alia Malek is a journalist and civil rights lawyer. She is the author of A Country Called Amreeka: US History Re-Told Through Arab American Lives and editor of Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post 9/11 Injustices. Her reportage has appeared in several places, including The New York Times, The Nation, The Christian Science Monitor, Jadaliyya, McSweeneys, and Guernica. In 2014, she was awarded the Marie Colvin Front Page Award for Foreign Correspondence. Malek also edited and coconceived EUROPA أوروپا : An Illustrated Introduction to Europe for Migrants and Refugees, released in Europe in 2016 and a narrative nonfiction book, The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria, which was released on February 28, 2017.


Irving Fine

Alia Malek worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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